Kiwis are everywhere, you can now find them in salads, smoothies, drinks, ice-creams and they are delicious. The soft, sweet, tangy taste that a kiwi gives a recipe lots of unusual flavor which can really make a dish. So, knowing when a kiwi is ripe and ready to use can be a real skill but an important one to master as they spoil very quickly. It is also important to store them in the right way to help them last as long as possible.
How To Tell If Kiwi Is Ripe
To discover if a kiwi is ripe, you need to look it all over completely and use all of your senses to check. You can start by evaluating its surface, looking at its color and shape. Next you must feel it and smell the kiwi. If it all looks and smells good, then you should be able to tell if you have a ripe kiwi on your hands or not.
- A ripe kiwi has brown skin all over. This comprises the whole fruit including the surface fuzz. If there are any signs of green anywhere then your kiwi will not be ripe yet.
- Smell the kiwi around where the kiwi looks like it would have been attached to the vine. You will be expecting a vaguely sweet and of course fruity aroma. Once you become familiar with them, you should begin to recognize the distinctive scent of a ripe kiwi. Surprisingly an unripe kiwi will not give off much of a smell.
- A ripe kiwi is normally soft and plump, and it has a full and rounded appearance. If the exterior looks hard or it feels firm to the touch instead of plump, then it is likely that the kiwi is most likely not ripe yet. A wrinkled appearance usually happens when a kiwi has become overripe and dried up.
- If you are at home and want to check to see if your fruit is ripe, you can cut one of them open to get a look at the colour of the seeds. When seeds are still green or yellowy, then the kiwi still needs time to ripen. Where the kiwi seeds are black, this lets you know that the kiwi has had enough time and they have ripened fully. Eat the kiwis with the black seeds, or while you are waiting for the seeds to turn black, store them in your fridge.
- The ultimate way to tell if your kiwi is truly ripe is to go ahead and taste it. Cut off the thin outer skin with a knife or by using a spoon to scrape it off, then you will be able to slice the kiwi easily. The inner flesh ought to be soft and gooey and when you bite into, it the flavor needs to be sweet. If your kiwi is not yet ripe then it will not be sweet tasting and soft enough to eat.
How To Ripen Kiwi
You can simply store kiwis on your countertop to give them time to ripen naturally if you wish. Kiwi is a fruit that just keeps on ripening after it has been picked so this can happen fairly quickly. If you purchase unripe kiwi, you can just leave them at room temperature to ripen which can typically take several days. Keep the kiwis to ripen in an attractive bowl and leave them at room temperature. Ensure you keep them out of direct sunlight as excess sunlight might make your kiwis spoil fairly quickly.
One trick to help you to ripen your kiwis quickly is to put them in a bowl next to fruits such as bananas. This is because fruits like bananas create a chemical ethylene which when put into close contact kiwi fruit will help them ripen more rapidly. You can store kiwi’s in a plastic food bag with bananas for quick ripening, just leave them out at room temperature in the bag for a couple of days. Ensure that you keep ripening kiwis away from warm places as this will make them spoil.
Storing Kiwi Fruit
If you want them to last longer, you need to put kiwis in your refrigerator which will give them a longer life. As soon as your kiwis have ripened, it will be helpful to put any that you have into your refrigerator to try to preserve them for longer. Once a kiwi is ripe, you will only have a few days to use it, but a kiwi will keep fresh in your refrigerator for up to two whole weeks. Storing an unripe kiwi in your refrigerator is also a good way to make sure that you keep your kiwis edible for longer. Unripe kiwis can last for weeks in your fridge and then when you wish to eat them, all you need to do is to put them back out on your countertop for a couple of days to fully ripen.
It is also possible to freeze kiwi once it has been ripened so that you will always have a go to supply of fruit. Rinse your ripe kiwi’s under cold water and give the fruit a scrub with a brush. Use a towel to dry the fruit. Get rid of the top and bottom stems of the kiwi and slice it up into chunks. It is best to spread the slices of kiwi out to freeze them individually, just lay them onto a baking sheet. Put the whole baking sheet into your freezer overnight. Then you need to move the chunks to a freezer bag and put them back into the freezer for up to several months.
Kiwis are lovely, juicy fruits that have so many uses but they are just as wonderful when eaten on their own. To eat a kiwi fruit, all you need to do is rinse them under running water and off you go. You can eat your kiwi just like you would an apple, or you can cut it up into chunks and freeze it for later.